AAAI Publications, Twenty-Fourth International FLAIRS Conference

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Some Issues on Detecting Negation from Text
Eduardo Blanco, Dan Moldovan

Last modified: 2011-03-20


Negation is present in all human languages and it is used to reverse the polarity of parts of a statement. It is a complex phenomenon that interacts with many other aspects of language. Besides the direct meaning, negated statements often carry a latent positive meaning. Negation can be interpreted in terms of its scope and focus. This paper explores the importance of both scope and focus to capture the meaning of negated statements. Some issues on detecting negation from text are outlined, the forms in which negation occurs are depicted and heuristics to detect its scope and focus are proposed.

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